Camillus West Genesee students are doing their part to help aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
District-wide, students are organizing relief kits consisting of twelve hygienic items; the project will constitute West Genesee’s largest Sandy relief effort.
What they’re collecting
The items being donated per student, by grade, are as follows:
Kindergarten: 6 Band-Aids (in a sandwich bag)
1st Grade: 1 washcloth
2nd Grade: 1 nail clipper
3rd Grade: 1 small container of hand sanitizer
4th Grade: 1 bar of soap
5th Grade: 2 one-gallon plastic Ziploc bags
6th Grade: 2 “D” batteries
7th Grade: 1 bottle of conditioner
8th Grade: 1 hand towel
9th Grade: 1 stick deodorant
10th Grade: 1 tube of toothpaste
11th Grade: 1 toothbrush
12th Grade: 1 bottle of shampoo
“Each grade level is bringing in a different item that we are all going to package together and send down to the New Jersey/New York City area around the 20th of November. It’s a very interesting project,” West Genesee Superintendent Chris Brown said. “We wanted students to have an opportunity to see what it’s like to put forth effort to help somebody else, where if we just asked for money, probably Mom or Dad writes a check and the child brings it in, and they wouldn’t have a chance to be as connected to this. I think it teaches them a better lesson. “
Todd Freeman, principal of West Genesee’s Split Rock Elementary School, is working on relief efforts with some of the school district’s youngest children. He wants them to understand that as young as they are, they can still help to make a difference. This starts with the packaging of the kits.
“We are going to have kids do it,” he said. “From our end, it’s important for our kids to have some kind of role in packaging that. We are going to set up an assembly line, put the supplies on tables, and have the kids takes their gallon bag and run down the line and fill it. We want kids to have some ownership of this. It will be organized and we will have great parental support. “